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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old is Jonathan?
(a) 66.
(b) 15.
(c) 17.
(d) 23.

2. Curt has a poster of whom on his wall?
(a) Luke Skywalker.
(b) Farrah Faucett.
(c) A WWF wrestler.
(d) Humphrey Bogart.

3. At what location do Homer and the narrator for "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" sit and swap stories?
(a) The general store.
(b) The coffee shop.
(c) The local bar.
(d) The gas station.

4. What does Brent Norton and his group deny?
(a) That the end of the world is at hand.
(b) Evidence of anything supernatural.
(c) That the fog could possibly be poisonous.
(d) That the fog smells different.

5. What did Homer do for the Todd family in his past?
(a) He was a handyman.
(b) He was a mechanic.
(c) He was a grocery boy.
(d) He was just a good friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Richard Hagstrom in "Word Processor of the Gods"?

2. Who is Jonathan to Richard Hagstrom?

3. What do two of the soldiers in "The Mist" do at the beginning of the story?

4. What message does the Greek send to Mike?

5. How does Randy revive LaVerne?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hyperbole is a figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect; an extravagant statement. For example, "The sun was blindingly bright and hotter than ten thousand fires." Give an example of hyperbole from "The Wedding Gig" and give an explanation of why King uses it in this story.

2. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

3. Why do you think King bases his entire introduction on a seemingly mundane conversation with a friend?

4. Why do you think Charles calls the bathroom the basement in "Here There Be Tygers"?

5. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

6. Homer compares Mrs. Todd to several goddesses. What is the purpose of this comparison?

7. What significance does the word processor hold for Richard after Jon's death?

8. What is the significance of the "Execute" button on the word processor, and how does Richard feel when looking at that button for the first time?

9. In "The Mist," what do you think is the underlying message the story conveys to the reader? Cite examples from the story.

10. What do you think Mike Scollay was implying when he told the coronet player that he was going to have to play loud?

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